There hasn't been a lot of great baseball played at Kauffman Stadium this year. The Royals are ten games under .500, but on Tuesday the folks of Kansas City will have something to cheer for when the league's biggest names come to town for the 83rd All-Star Game. The ballpark is rolling out the red carpet and a red hot menu for the fans.
ARAMARK, the exclusive food and beverage partner for the stadium, has been developing its own roster since January to showcase the best the city has to offer.
“Few regions of the United States are as defined by their local cuisine as much as Kansas City is defined by its amazing barbecue,” said Kauffman Stadium executive chef Erin Wishon. “We’ll have fans visiting from across the country and we want to show them what Kansas City is all about—delicious barbecue!”
Wishon and her team plan on smoking more than 5,000 pounds of meat for the big game. They'll cook over a ton of brisket, 1,800 pounds of pulled pork and over 600 racks of ribs, not to mention they're planning on going through 650 gallons of barbecue sauce. Signature items for the All-Star Game include:
KC Rib Eye Stack Sandwich: Seasoned rib eye steak with cheddar cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickle on a bun.
Cheesy Corn Brisket-acho: Crisp tortilla chips topped with smoked brisket, baked beans, cheesy corn, coleslaw and barbecue sauce.
All-Star BBQ Dog: A classic, all-beef hot dog topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, pickle slices and barbecue sauce.
Royal Bacon Blue Dog: An all-beef hot dog topped with blue cheese sauce, chopped bacon and red onion.
Both dogs will be available throughout the stadium, but true ballpark frank connoisseurs will want to check out the Dugout Doghouse stand which will feature seven unique hot dogs. Wishon and her team expect to serve up 40,000 during the course of the festivities.
That's a lot of happy fans in Kansas City. Now if the Royals could just somehow make the playoffs.
-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.